FIR on K’Taka Cong Working Prez for ‘Chappal’ Remark Against Yogi

An FIR has been registered in Bengaluru against Karnataka Congress Working President Dinesh Gundu Rao for his “chappal” remark against Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath.

The FIR was registered on Monday, 16 April, at the High Grounds Police Station under IPC Section 153 (Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) based on a complaint by Bengaluru resident Dr B Ramachari. The complainant said that the speech was “provocative” and “inciting” in nature.

On 14 April, during a candlelight march protesting against the incidents of rape at Unnao and Kathua, Rao said, “PM Modi should sack Yogi Adityanath as he is not a Yogi but a 'dhongi'. If he comes next time to Karnataka, he should be beaten with your slippers. Drive him out.”

"Please take a look at UP CM Adityanath’s criminal record. I wonder how many Yogis and Saints have his track record. Should we still call him a Yogi? And why are you insulting our revered true saints of Karnataka & India by comparing them to Adityanath." - Dinesh Gundu Rao, Karnataka Congress Working President

The statements made by the Congress veteran angered the BJP, who immediately sought an apology.

Rao apologised for his choice of words a day after the incident took place. He claimed that he had uttered those words in a burst of emotion.

Mysuru-Kodagu MP BJP’s Pratap Simha attacked Rao over the statement, and also warned him of a befitting reply with regard to similar statements in the future.

The BJP’s official Twitter handle said that Hindu-Vokkaligas of K'taka hold the UP chief minister in high regard, and that the entire community felt insulted with Rao’s comments.

“Dinesh Gundu Rao's choice of words to address Yogi Adityanath ji has appalled me. Utter disrespect to a CM & a revered Natha family saint. The millions of Natha Panth followers of Karnataka will never forgive this. I sympathise with you and your party’s culture,” Karnataka’s BJP President Yeddyurappa had said.

(This article was originally published in The News Minute, and has been republished here with permission.)

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